8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Nov. 20, 8:30 AM to 2 PM Nov. 21, 2021 (EASTERN)
Chronic Pain Diagnosis and Management for Healthcare Providers Course Description:
Approximately 20-25% of the North American population suffers from chronic pain. Chronic pain poses a significant healthcare burden, utilizing billions of healthcare dollars every year. Allied healthcare professionals are now being called upon to help manage chronic pain, in an effort to ease the burden on federal, provincial and state healthcare systems. Allied healthcare providers often find managing chronic pain patients in clinical practice onerous, draining and frustrating, as chronic pain patients may not respond to treatment in an expected fashion. The goal of this course is to improve clinicians’ clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic pain. Clinicians will be empowered with necessary tools to assess and develop treatment plans for chronic pain patients, that can be immediately applied in clinical practice.
1. Discuss, understand and apply a comprehensive evidence-based guide for the assessment, prognosis and rehabilitation of chronic pain
2. Use standard pain assessments in relation to clinical case studies
3. Discuss, understand and apply phenotyping of chronic pain, based on a synthesis of the current evidence
4. Understand, describe and apply the various chronic pain mechanisms & phenotypes
5. Acknowledge the role other health care providers play in a supporting you and your chronic pain patients
6. Understand how and when to utilize multiple psychological assessment tools in the clinic
Demetry Assimakopoulos, Sp. Hons. BA, DC.
Dr. Demetry Assimakopoulos graduated from The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2012. Since 2014, Dr. Demetry has been working as part of the interdisciplinary team at the University Health Network’s (UHN) Rehabilitation Pain Service (RPS). This specialized inter-disciplinary program works to manage very complex chronic pain cases as part of an integrated team, to determine the best possible clinical pathways for individual patients. Dr. Demetry was the first chiropractor to join the UHN RPS Program, and has since started the very first Chiropractic Clinic in the hospital. Furthermore, Dr. Demetry has begun teaching a course to second year Chiropractic Sports Sciences and Clinical Sciences Residency graduate students at CMCC. Each student also takes part in a 2-3 month rotation with Dr. Demetry at Toronto Rehab, where the student is exposed to interdisciplinary management of chronic pain.
Dr. Demetry also treats chronic pain patients Pain and Wellness Centre in Maple, Ontario. The Pain and Wellness Centre offers Ontario’s only government-funded interdisciplinary pain program, which offers a spectrum of treatments for chronic pain, including chiropractic services, physical rehabilitation, naturopathy, healthy eating, lifestyle counseling, psychological counselling, mindfulness and meditation, pharmacological treatment and interventional therapies. Furthermore, Dr. Demetry teaches continuing education courses on the topic of chronic pain throughout Canada, and is a frequent contributor to RRS Education.
“The chronic pain management workshop for chiropractors was outstanding. The weekend was filled with current evidence informed research, over a dozen real-life cases, and substantial hands-on practical work with an emphasis on neurological and sensory assessment. Dr. Demetry’s course introduced strategies and tools to help all chiropractors properly assess and diagnose complicated chronic pain patients, enhance treatment techniques, and encourage interprofessional collaboration in order to help the patient reach maximum recovery. High recommended! Can’t wait for the next one.” – Dr. ZG, Lower Mainland, BC